Will Robie is a fictional character created by David Baldacci. The series features the man of the same name who is a hitman and is someone who kills without questioning his superiors. In the first book, “The Innocent”, however, he decided not to kill his intended target due to the fact that he felt that something was not right with the circumstances. Installments in the series started coming out in 2012 and has seen one novel come out per year.
Order of Will Robie Series
Will Robie works as someone who the government calls on when they encounter a ruthless subject that no one, not even the FBI or any other federal agent can control. To get into this job, he had to sever all ties in his hometown with everyone he knew and loved to start his new job, and he did without issue. Not only is Robie a highly trained sniper, he also has training in close quarters combat. In some of the books, he is joined by Jessica Reel, another agent with the same firm and the pair work together.
The first book to feature the character of Will Robie is The Innocent, which was released in October, 2012 by David Baldacci. The Innocent begins with Will Robie being assigned a mission to eliminate a target in Washington DC. Due to the nature of the job, alarm bells go off in Robie’s mind, as he is not used to doing such jobs in a place so close to home. Against his better judgement, Robie refuses to pull the trigger, and the target escapes unharmed. Robie must now fight to protect his life, uncover the truth behind the mission he was sent to do, and also keep safe a teenage orphan he encounters while evading attempts at his own life. As far as introductions to characters go, The Innocent sets a lot of ground work for the following novels in the Will Robie series.
The next book in the Will Robie series, The Hit, was released only six months after The Innocent, and it continues the tale of Will Robie. This time, however, Robie may have met his match in his next assignment – he must bring in Jessica Reel, an assassin who held a similar post to Robie and who is equally as skilled. However, everything may not be as it appears, and Robie needs to work out who he can trust and whether he’s doing the right thing in pursuit of Reel. Like all good Baldacci thrillers, The Hit is one that keeps you guessing just whose side is the right one until the very end.
The Will Robie series continued with The Target, and was then followed, in 2015 by The Guilty. The Guilty examines the past of Will Robie and what made him into the man he is today. The Guilty is set in the town Robie was born in, back in Mississippi, which is a lifetime away for Robie compared to the life he leads in Washington DC. This is more of a crime thriller than one of Baldacci’s political conspiracies, but it adds to the Will Robie story and fleshes out this contract killer a lot more than the rest of the series has been able to.
BEST WILL ROBIE BOOKS:
For those readers who are looking to get into the “Will Robie” series by David Baldacci, two that would be great to start with are “The Innocent”, “The Hit”, and “The Guilty”.
The Innocent: The first installment in the “Will Robie” series. Will Robie is sent on a mission to assassinate someone but decides not to; which is something new for him, he usually just kills his target and moves on. For one, the hit is to take place in Washington, D.C. But not this time. He is sent on the run after becoming a target for not following the orders of his superiors. When he flees the scene of the would be crime, he finds a young girl in foster care whose parents were murdered and he realizes that she may just be at the center of a larger cover up. He must help her, as it will mean getting to the bottom of the conspiracy that goes to an unimaginable amount of power.
The Hit: The second installment in the series featuring “Will Robie”. A fellow assassin, named Jessica Reel, has started killing her own agents and her handler (she works at the same agency that Robie works at), and Robie is tasked with bringing her in. Dead or alive, it does not matter to them. She is probably one of the few assassins that is on the same talent level as Robie himself. Her attacks, he finds out, are much more complicated than meet the eye. There is much more than just simple killing; it hides something much bigger that could shake the whole U.S. government as well as have repercussions around the world.
The Guilty: The fourth installment in the “Will Robie” series. Will Robie’s father, Dan Robie (an important figure in the town and a judge), has been charged with murder. The pair have not spoken since Will left town and severed ties with everyone from his hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi. That all changes when Will realizes what has happened with his father. Despite his high standing in the town, most think that Dan is guilty. Will Robie, with Jessica Reel to back him up, looks into, against his father’s wishes, whether or not his father is actually guilty or not. Will is now an outsider in this town, and finds that his actions to help his father are met without trust but with violence and skepticism. Robie finds that there is an underbelly to the town that he grew up in, and both Dan and Will must face consequences of choices they made long ago.
OTHER BOOK SERIES YOU MAY LIKE:
For fans who like Will Robie novels, here are some other series that you may also enjoy reading.
The “Jack Reacher” series that stars the six foot five inch 250 pound Reacher who has a way with the ladies and has a way of stumbling onto large conspiracies and criminals. He is an ex military cop for the army who starts wandering the earth for no other reason that just to always be traveling.
Daniel Silva’s “Gabriel Allon” series features the character of the same name who works in Israeli intelligence operative who masquerades as an art restorer.
“Harry Bosch” stars in his own series by Michael Connelly and is a homicide detective who works for the L.A.P.D.
Will Robie FAQ
Q: Who writes the Will Robie series of books?
A: The Will Robie series of book is written by the prolific and great author David Baldacci.
Q: What is the first book in the Will Robie series?
A: The first book in the Will Robie series is called The Innocent, which was released in October, 2012.